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copy

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈkɒpi/
to make a copy of a letter, document, etc.: He was asked to copy the documents to keep on record. copy sth to sb The report was copied to all the senior members of the department.
IT to make a copy of a computer file, document, email, etc.: Copy the files and put them in a new folder.copy sth to sb Every email I send out, I also copy to my boss.
copy and paste IT to make a copy of something on a computer screen and put it in a different place in a document or in a new document, file, or directory: Copy and paste the text from the box into a word processor document.
to use someone else's idea, design, etc., often illegally: It is a system that works well and that others can copy.
(Definition of copy verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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